WCVI Phone Survey of Latino Registered Voters
California, N=560
September 27-October 4, 2000
+/-4.1%
FREQ N=560
Language Survey was conducted:
English 52.8%
Spanish 47.2%
II. SURVEY QUESTIONS
Are you:
1. Female 49.3%
2. Male 50.7%
Do you define yourself as a:
1.Mexican-American / Mexican / Chicano 88.4%
2. Puerto Rican / Boricua 1.5%
3. Cuban / Cuban-American 0.8%
4. Dominican / Dominicano 0.2%
5. El Salvadoran 3.7%
6. Colombian 0.2%
7. Other Central American _____________(specify) 3.1%
8. Other South American _____________(specify) 0.6%
9. Other Latino or Hispanic _____________(specify) 1.4%
98. DON'T KNOW 0.2%
What is your party identification: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Democrat
2. Republican 79.9%
3. Green 12.0%
4. Reform 1.1%
5. Independent 2.7%
6. Other (specify): ___________________________ 4.2%
In what category do you see your political views closest to: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Liberal 27.9%
2. Moderate 30.7%
3. Conservative 29.0%
98. DONíT KNOW 12.4%
Did you vote in the 1996 Presidential Election?
1. Yes 68.1%
2. No (SKIP TO Q. 9) 31.9%
If yes, for whom did you vote?
1. Bill Clinton 85.5%
2. Bob Dole 9.6%
3. Ross Perot 1.4%
4. Other (specify) 0.3%
98. DONíT KNOW 3.2%
Did you vote in the 2000 primary?
1. Yes 71.0%
2. No 29.0%
Are you likely to vote in the 2000 Presidential Election in November?
1. Yes 96.9%
2. No 3.1%
If the election were held today, for whom would you vote: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. George W. Bush/Dick Cheney 15.8%
2. Al Gore/Joe Lieberman 67.8%
3. Patrick Buchanan/Ezola Foster 0.0%
4. Ralph Nader/Winona La Duke 2.2%
5. Undecided 14.1%
6. Other (specify): ___________________________ 0.0%
Senatorial Question
If the election for U.S. Senator were held today, for whom whould you vote for:
[CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Dianne Feinstein 50.1%
2. Tom Campbell 8.1%
3. Other (specify):___________________________ 6.8%
4. Undecided 35.0%
Congressional Question
If the election for your U.S. Congress person were held today, for whom would you vote:
[CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Democratic Candidate 71.7%
2. Republican Candidate 11.3%
3. Other (specify): _______________________ 0.9%
4. Undecided 16.1%
Proposition Questions
Prop. 36 would provide for mandatory drug treatment for certain non-violent drug
users instead of sending them to prison.Given what you about this proposition,
would you:
1. Strongly favor 35.0%
2. Somwhat favor 16.7%
3. Somewhat oppose 12.4%
4. Strongly oppose 10.9%
5. Undecided 24.9%
Prop. 38 would allow parents to choose a $4,000 voucher to remove their children
from any public school and use it to send them a private or religious school.Given
what you know about this proposition, would you:
1. Strongly favor 25.7%
2. Somwhat favor 17.1%
3. Somewhat oppose 14.2%
4. Strongly oppose 24.6%
5. Undecided 18.4%
Prop. 39 would allow for the repair, construction, or replacement of school facilities
with a local vote of 55% as compared to the current 2/3 or 67% local vote.Given
what you know about this proposition, would you:
1. Strongly favor 40.2%
2. Somwhat favor 18.7%
3. Somewhat oppose 8.9%
4. Strongly oppose 7.3%
5. Undecided 24.9%
Which ONE of the following media sources do you get MOST of your information about politics and community issues from:
1. English Language TV 38.1%
2. English Language Radio 5.1%
3. English Language Newspaper 13.2%
4. Spanish Language TV 24.4%
5. Spanish Language Radio 3.1%
6. Spanish Language Newspaper 2.9%
7. Internet 2.0%
8. Multiple Responses- Other (specify): ___________________________ 6.5%
9. All of the above 3.9%
98. DONíT KNOW 0.8%
As far as current campaigning methods by candidates and parties are concerned, which ONE methodMOST motivates you to vote:
1. A phone call 7.6%
2. Mailers 16.0%
3. TV advertisements 43.1%
4. Radio advertisements 6.2%
5. A Personal visit 16.8%
6. Other (specify) 4.7%
98. DONíT KNOW 5.7%
Government and Elected Officials
Overall, how would you rate the job President Clinton has done?
1. Excellent 42.4%
2. Good 37.9%
3. Fair 14.8%
4. Poor 2.0%
5. Very Bad 2.2%
98. DONíT KNOW 0.7%
Do you approve of the way Congress has done its job over the last 2 years?
1. Approve 57.4%
2. Disapprove 24.8%
98. DONíT KNOW 17.9%
This Presidential Election, many analysts believe that Latinos will determine the next President of the United States.Please choose ONE of the following items you think is MOST important in determining how you will vote for President: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. Leadership 22.1%
2. Honesty 44.2%
3. Choice of running mate 1.7%
4. Experience in Domestic Affairs 15.4%
5. Experience in Foreign Affairs 2.9%
6. Candidates moral values 10.0%
7. Military Experience 1.9%
8. Religion 1.9%
As you may know, the federal government is running a budget surplus this year. In your opinion, which ONE of the following should be done with the money from the surplus? Should the money be used: [CHANGE ORDER WITH EACH INTERVIEW]
1. To reduce the national debt 7.5%
2. To help make social security more stable 42.6%
3. To provide an across-the-board tax cut 5.8%
4. On defense, education, health care, and other domestic programs 40.0%
5. No opinion 4.1%
Crime
How do you feel about the death penalty?
1. Strongly support 18.8%
2. Support 28.1%
3. Oppose 21.4%
4. Strongly oppose 11.3%
5. Undecided 19.0%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.5%
Gun Control
In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made:
1. More strict 82.6%
2. Kept the same 12.3%
3. Less strict 3.6%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.4%
Do you favor or oppose laws requiring that all guns be sold with a trigger lock, which must be unlocked before the gun can be fired?
1. Favor 84.2%
2. Oppose 10.7%
98. DONíT KNOW 5.1%
War on Drugs Policy
Do you believe that the United Statesí ďWar on Drugs PolicyĒ has been effective in curbing the drug flow into the U.S.?
1. Yes 31.4%
2. No 61.1%
98. DONíT KNOW 7.5%
In your opinion, are drugs a larger or smaller issue as compared to 10 years ago?
1. Larger 66.8%
2. Smaller 14.9%
3. About the same 16.1%
98. DONíT KNOW 2.2%
Currently, there is a ban on federal funding of needle exchange programs. As 50% of AIDS deaths among Latinos are injection-related, some people feel a needle exchange program will help reduce the spread of the virus. Some people believe that providing needles send signals of approval to drug users. Do you believe the U.S. Government should lift its ban on Federal funding of needle exchange programs?
1. Yes, they should lift ban 43.4%
2. No, they should not lift ban 36.4%
3. No opinion 20.2%
On July 13, President Clinton signed into law a bill that will provide $1.32 billion for counter-drug†† activities in the Andean region of Columbia.About three-quarters of the money will be used for Columbiaís military and police?Do you approve or disapprove of this policy?
1. Approve 39.6%
2. Disapprove 46.5%
3. No opinion 13.8%
U.S.-Cuba Relations
U.S. Policy towards Cuba, including the 40-year-old trade embargo, is officially unchanged.Some people feel that this policy should remain in place while Fidel Castro remains in power. Others feel that a recent series of events, such as the strengthening of U.S.-China trade, and the Senate vote on the issue of U.S.-Cuba Policy has broadened the debate. In your opinion:
Do you think the United States should lift the 40-year-old trade embargo against Cuba?
1. Yes 46.7%
2. No 30.3%
3. No Opinion 23.1%
Do you think that the United States should include or not include food and medicine in the embargo against Cuba?
1. Include 36.0%
2. Not include 48.4%
3. No opinion 15.6%
Do you think that the United States should immediately re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba?
1. Yes 51.0%
2. No 31.0%
3. No opinion 18.0%
Overall, did the Elian Gonzalez custody case heighten your awareness to current U.S.-Cuba relations?
1. Very much heightened 22.9%
2. Somewhat heightened 24.1%
3. Did not heighten too much 14.1%
4. Did not heighten at all 27.8%
5. No opinion 11.2%
Immigration Reform
Currently Congress is proposing legislation that would legalize approximately 1 million undocumented persons currently living in the U.S.Do you support these efforts?
1. Strongly support 67.6%
2. Somewhat support 15.6%
3. Somwhat Oppose 5.3%
4. Strongly oppose 4.0%
5. No opinion 7.6%
Do you support proposals to provide legal status to other Central Americans and Haitians who arrived in the U.S. before 1995, similar to a law enacted in 1997 to benefit Cubans and Nicaraguans?
1. Strongly support 55.1%
2. Somewhat support 20.1%
3. Somewhat oppose 7.8%
4. Strongly oppose 5.3%
5. No opinion 11.8%
Do you support granting green cards to all undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. sincebefore 1986 and who have not been convicted of serious criminal offenses?
1. Strongly support 82.4%
2. Somewhat support 10.3%
3.Somewhat oppose 2.9%
4. Strongly oppose 1.6%
5. No opinion 2.9%
Minimum Wage
Currently, there is a debate in Congress over elevating incomes for working to
families to levels above the poverty level.
1. The government should immediately raise the minimum wage from $5.15
an hour to $6.15 an hour 25.0%
2. The government should raise the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6.15
an hour over a 2 year period 20.3%
3. The government should raise the minimum wages from $5.15 an hour
to a living wage of $8.00 an hour 51.4%
4. None of the above 3.4%
Education
Do you think in the past 8 years, the quality of public schools and education has:
1. Increased 30.5%
2. Decreased 29.8%
3. Stayed the same 32.7%
98. DONíT KNOW 7.1%
0.0%
Thinking about the public school system, please tell me which ONE of the following statements do you most agree with:
1. Public schools are fine and no reform is needed. 4.7%
2. Public schools need only minor reforms 19.3%
3. Public schools are in need of major reforms 67.3%
4. Public schools are broken and canít be fixed. 3.8%
98. DONíT KNOW 4.9%
In areas where the local public schools are not improving, would you support or oppose the federal government giving parents money to send their children to private or religious schools instead?
1. Support 40.4%
2. Oppose 47.8%
3. No Opinion 11.8%
Which ONE of the following BEST represents your views about abortion?
1. The choice on abortion should be left up to the woman and her doctor 35.4%
2. Abortion should be legal only in cases in which pregnancy results from rape or
incest or when the life of the woman is at risk 38.8%
3. Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances 19.3%
4. Not sure 6.5%
In the past eight years, do you think the U.S. military has gotten stronger, gotten weaker, or stayed about the same?
1. Stronger 30.2%
2. Weaker 22.6%
3. Same 35.6%
4. No opinion 11.6%
Demographic Questions
When did you register to vote?
1. Before or during 1996 63.8%
2. After 1996 34.0%
98. DONíT KNOW 2.2%
What age group best describes you:
1. 18-24 16.6%
2. 25-29 9.5%
3. 30-34 7.5%
4. 35-39 8.9%
5. 40-44 12.0%
6. 45-49 9.7%
7. 50-54 7.3%
8. 55-59 5.8%
9. 60-64 6.4%
10. 65 or older 16.2%
Are you presently working in a fulltime or part-time job?
1. Yes, fulltime (SKIP TO Q.53) 48.8%
2. Yes, part-time (SKIP TO Q.53) 13.8%
3. Not employed 37.2%
98. DON'T KNOW (SKIP TO Q. 53) 0.2%
If unemployed, are you:
1. Retired (SKIP TO Q. 54) 49.5%
2. Disabled/unable to work (SKIP TO Q. 54) 24.2%
3. Not currently employed (SKIP TO Q. 54) 26.3%
Do you work for yourself (are you self-employed), or do you work for someone else?
1. Yes- self employed 15.6%
2. No- employed by someone else 84.4%
What is the highest grade in school you completed?
1. Some high school or less 35.2%
2. High school graduate or equivalent 26.1%
3. Some college / vocational 24.0%
4. College graduate 11.6%
5. Graduate Education or higher 2.9%
98. DONíT KNOW 0.0%
If you added together your entire household's income would it be:
1. Under $10,000 11.3%
2. $10,001-$20,000 19.3%
3. $20,001-$30,000 25.5%
4. $30,001-$40,000 13.1%
5. $40,001-$50,000 9.7%
6. $50,001-$60,000 8.0%
7. $60,001-$70,000 3.7%
8. $70,001-$100,000 6.2%
9. Over $100,000 3.3%
Are you?
1. Married 60.1%
2. Single 22.3%
3. Divorced 4.5%
4. Widowed 6.5%
5. Separated 3.8%
6. Living with someone 2.7%
Would you say that you currently live in a neighborhood that is predominantly:
1. Latino / Hispanic 42.1%
2. African-American / Black 2.7%
3. Asian 2.4%
4. White 8.4%
5. Mixed 44.4%
Do you have children under 18 living at home?
1. Yes 47.4%
2. No (SKIP TO Q. 60) 52.6%
Do your children attend public school, private or parochial school?
1. Public school 76.9%
2. Private or Parochial school 7.1%
3. Both 7.5%
4. Not Applicable 8.6%
In what country were you born?
1. United States 50.9%
2. Puerto Rico 2.6%
3. Mexico 40.4%
4. Cuba 1.1%
5. Dominican Republic 0.0%
6. El Salvador 2.6%
7. Colombia 0.2%
8. Other Central American country 1.3%
9. Other South American country 0.6%
10. Other country 0.2%
In general, which language do you use MOST often?
1. Spanish only 27.2%
2. English only 23.4%
3. Both English and Spanish 49.4%
Are you or anyone in your household a member of a union?
1. Yes 31.8%
2. No 67.3%
98. DONíT KNOW 0.9%
Do you own a computer?
1. Yes 54.1%
2. No 45.9%
Do you use the Internet?
1. Yes 46.2%
2. No 53.8%
Do you have access to the Internet:
1. Yes 53.1%
2. No 45.5%
98. DONíT KNOW 1.4%